Cold Sweat/Dizzy While Running?

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    Sep 06, 2012 3:15 AM GMT
    Hey! So recently I've been getting dizzy and breaking out in a cold sweat while running my 5ks. This really hasn't happened before. Does anyone have any idea what might be causing this?

    Sure, I've been pushing myself recently - but only cause I'm trying to improve my pace, and I don't think I've been pushing *that* much harder... Thoughts?
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    Sep 06, 2012 6:33 AM GMT
    Really? I thought that was just "running..." Only without the knee pain.
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    Sep 06, 2012 8:24 AM GMT
    Rule of thumb when it comes to your health!

    Do Not Play 'With' Dizzy !!
    There are not too many times someone becomes dizzy and the outcome following is "Fantastic"..
    ..See your Doctor..!!
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    Sep 06, 2012 12:38 PM GMT
    Anocxu saidRule of thumb when it comes to your health!

    Do Not Play 'With' Dizzy !!
    There are not too many times someone becomes dizzy and the outcome following is "Fantastic"..
    ..See your Doctor..!!


    This is great advise.. Also sounds to me like you are close to dehydration... Cold sweats first then stop sweating completely altogether.
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    Sep 06, 2012 3:06 PM GMT
    these are also symptoms of heat related illnesses.
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    Sep 06, 2012 3:48 PM GMT
    I'd be seeing a Doctor - these symptoms aren't minor ones.

    At the very least make sure your own hydration, iron and electrolyte levels are good.

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    Sep 06, 2012 4:06 PM GMT
    garion saidHey! So recently I've been getting dizzy and breaking out in a cold sweat while running my 5ks.

    Are you doing that level of running on an empty stomach?
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    Sep 06, 2012 4:10 PM GMT
    One thing I found out lately is that my family has low B12 levels. B12 affects your red blood cell count, and red blood cells deliver oxygen through the body.

    I could never do cardio without my throat burning, and my head spinning after I was running for a few minutes. I started taking a B12 supplement, and suddenly cardio isn't the pure hell it used to be.

    My suggestion is to try adding a B12 supplement and see if that helps. It certainly can't hurt.
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    Sep 06, 2012 4:21 PM GMT
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    garion saidHey! So recently I've been getting dizzy and breaking out in a cold sweat while running my 5ks.

    Are you doing that level of running on an empty stomach?


    This. Do you also have ringing in your ears? Also, did you recently gain a good amount of muscle / or significant drop in body fat? Because more muscle would deplete the glycogen fast and if you're still pushing yourself while your body fat is low on an empty stomach, what you're describing would happen. Does the dizziness kick in around two miles, but before that you were fine?

    You might not be supplementing with enough iron. Eat some fresh red cherries and steak. If you don't feel better then go see a doctor.
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    Sep 06, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    Wonder what the OP eats on a regular basis?
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    Sep 06, 2012 5:26 PM GMT
    OP did you carb load before the run? Your meals prior to the run will/can cause the effects you hare having. You sound as someone else said the first signs of dehydration. The night before a run try drinking Gatorade or some form of electrolyte replenisher. Also fluids during your run even a small amount will help you, especially in the heat bro.
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    Sep 06, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
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    garion saidHey! So recently I've been getting dizzy and breaking out in a cold sweat while running my 5ks.

    Are you doing that level of running on an empty stomach?


    Yeah, but I've always done that, so I don't know why that would suddenly be the cause of it? I know this sounds dumb, but it's hard to find a balance between eating just enough and too much before a run -- I want to feel energized but not weighed down, you know?
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    Sep 06, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
    Matt_TO saidOne thing I found out lately is that my family has low B12 levels. B12 affects your red blood cell count, and red blood cells deliver oxygen through the body.

    I could never do cardio without my throat burning, and my head spinning after I was running for a few minutes. I started taking a B12 supplement, and suddenly cardio isn't the pure hell it used to be.

    My suggestion is to try adding a B12 supplement and see if that helps. It certainly can't hurt.


    Thanks!
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    Sep 06, 2012 11:08 PM GMT
    CityRiver said
    TellMeMoar said
    garion saidHey! So recently I've been getting dizzy and breaking out in a cold sweat while running my 5ks.

    Are you doing that level of running on an empty stomach?


    This. Do you also have ringing in your ears? Also, did you recently gain a good amount of muscle / or significant drop in body fat? Because more muscle would deplete the glycogen fast and if you're still pushing yourself while your body fat is low on an empty stomach, what you're describing would happen. Does the dizziness kick in around two miles, but before that you were fine?

    You might not be supplementing with enough iron. Eat some fresh red cherries and steak. If you don't feel better then go see a doctor.


    No ringing in my ears... However, yes, I've recently gained a lot of muscle and lost a lot of weight. I went from 240 to 175. I started only doing cardio, but around the 200 mark started lifting to get better tone... That's an interesting thought!

    And yes, dizziness is kicking in around 2 miles. It's happened around that point everytime now..

    Thanks!!!!
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    Sep 06, 2012 11:09 PM GMT
    BuiltStrong saidOP did you carb load before the run? Your meals prior to the run will/can cause the effects you hare having. You sound as someone else said the first signs of dehydration. The night before a run try drinking Gatorade or some form of electrolyte replenisher. Also fluids during your run even a small amount will help you, especially in the heat bro.


    Is there a proper way to carb load? I usually don't like eating before running cause I feel weighed down... And thanks for the advice!!!
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    Sep 07, 2012 1:02 AM GMT
    You may be hypoglycemic.
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    Sep 07, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    garion said
    CityRiver said
    TellMeMoar said
    garion saidHey! So recently I've been getting dizzy and breaking out in a cold sweat while running my 5ks.

    Are you doing that level of running on an empty stomach?


    This. Do you also have ringing in your ears? Also, did you recently gain a good amount of muscle / or significant drop in body fat? Because more muscle would deplete the glycogen fast and if you're still pushing yourself while your body fat is low on an empty stomach, what you're describing would happen. Does the dizziness kick in around two miles, but before that you were fine?

    You might not be supplementing with enough iron. Eat some fresh red cherries and steak. If you don't feel better then go see a doctor.


    No ringing in my ears... However, yes, I've recently gained a lot of muscle and lost a lot of weight. I went from 240 to 175. I started only doing cardio, but around the 200 mark started lifting to get better tone... That's an interesting thought!

    And yes, dizziness is kicking in around 2 miles. It's happened around that point everytime now..

    Thanks!!!!

    No ringing in the ears is good, because that'd usually means bad news.

    Like Dominus said, your blood sugar is probably too low by the time you're two miles in. And...congrats on the weight loss. That's not easy from 240 to 175. Good job ^_^
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    Sep 07, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    gatorball said
    Anocxu saidRule of thumb when it comes to your health!

    Do Not Play 'With' Dizzy !!
    There are not too many times someone becomes dizzy and the outcome following is "Fantastic"..
    ..See your Doctor..!!


    This is great advise.. Also sounds to me like you are close to dehydration... Cold sweats first then stop sweating completely altogether.


    I doubt it's dehydration. You need to be sweating pretty crazy hard for you to hit any dehydration symptoms for anything less than an hour. Assuming you're properly hydrated from the start.

    I'd say blood sugar drops or general diet related issues are more likely. Have a cereal bar about 15 min before your run next time. See if that helps.
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    Sep 07, 2012 1:57 AM GMT
    garion said
    TellMeMoar said
    garion saidHey! So recently I've been getting dizzy and breaking out in a cold sweat while running my 5ks.

    Are you doing that level of running on an empty stomach?


    Yeah, but I've always done that, so I don't know why that would suddenly be the cause of it? I know this sounds dumb, but it's hard to find a balance between eating just enough and too much before a run -- I want to feel energized but not weighed down, you know?


    How early do you eat before your runs?? General rule of thumb is to eat at least 2 to 3 hours before your run. Don't eat anything greasy or heavy. That should give you enough time to digest. If you're going to be pushing yourself, you're going to need the fuel. You may have been able to sustain your current runs on an empty stomach, but since you're pushing yourself now (even slightly), that can be making you hit the wall. Are you running in heat too? Because that can affect your performance in a big way.
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    Sep 07, 2012 5:48 AM GMT
    Anocxu saidRule of thumb when it comes to your health!

    Do Not Play 'With' Dizzy !!
    There are not too many times someone becomes dizzy and the outcome following is "Fantastic"..
    ..See your Doctor..!!


    Good advice, but selecting a good doctor can be very challenging.
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    Sep 07, 2012 5:54 AM GMT
    gatorball said
    Anocxu saidRule of thumb when it comes to your health!

    Do Not Play 'With' Dizzy !!
    There are not too many times someone becomes dizzy and the outcome following is "Fantastic"..
    ..See your Doctor..!!


    This is great advise.. Also sounds to me like you are close to dehydration... Cold sweats first then stop sweating completely altogether.


    But 5K isn't a long enough distance that one would expect someone to become dehydrated except perhaps in very hot weather and he was somewhat dehydrated before beginning the run. Dehydration also causes the urine to become much darker so that should be checked.

    In hot weather, it's a good idea to weigh oneself nude on a very accurate scale before beginning heavy exercise. I say nude because otherwise if one sweats heavily, the clothing will become wet and make the weighing inaccurate.
  • jock_n_ca

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    Sep 07, 2012 5:54 AM GMT
    I'm not a doctor and don't play one on tv either. Perhaps you're dehydrated? If you're racing it's normal to feel slightly sick/dizzy after a 5k.
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    Sep 07, 2012 6:06 AM GMT
    BuiltStrong saidOP did you carb load before the run? Your meals prior to the run will/can cause the effects you hare having. You sound as someone else said the first signs of dehydration. The night before a run try drinking Gatorade or some form of electrolyte replenisher. Also fluids during your run even a small amount will help you, especially in the heat bro.


    5K is not a long run and there is no reason to carb load before a 5K run. In fact, if he runs in the morning after eating dinner the evening before, there is no reason to eat anything before running. Also, there is no need to guess about dehydration. Dehydration always causes the urine to be very dark and sometimes stinky; if his urine is not dark, he is not dehydrated. There should be no need to drink fluids during a 5K run; that's only three miles and could be completed easily in less than 24 minutes, which is an easy eight minute per mile pace. When I was fifty, I was able to run 10 miles in slightly less than seven minutes per mile. Even a 10K (six mile) run should not require drinking fluids during the run for someone who is adequately hydrated before starting.

    If he became dizzy after running more than 10K and were not in condition for that distance, I'd say that it's caused by lack of conditioning. But he's running only 5K and, from what he says, one would expect him to be in good enough condition for it.

    A visit to a doctor well qualified in athletic medicine is in order.
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    Sep 07, 2012 6:12 AM GMT
    Medjai said
    gatorball said
    Anocxu saidRule of thumb when it comes to your health!

    Do Not Play 'With' Dizzy !!
    There are not too many times someone becomes dizzy and the outcome following is "Fantastic"..
    ..See your Doctor..!!


    This is great advise.. Also sounds to me like you are close to dehydration... Cold sweats first then stop sweating completely altogether.


    I doubt it's dehydration. You need to be sweating pretty crazy hard for you to hit any dehydration symptoms for anything less than an hour. Assuming you're properly hydrated from the start.

    I'd say blood sugar drops or general diet related issues are more likely. Have a cereal bar about 15 min before your run next time. See if that helps.


    No!! If he is in good physical condition for running, that is totally unnecessary and likely to create more problems. 5K is only three miles. At 100 calories per mile, that takes only 300 calories which is not very much. Marathon runners run 26.2 miles in the morning without having eaten anything since dinner the previous evening.

    The problem may not be dangerous; that is for a qualified athletic doctor to decide.
  • Medjai

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    Sep 07, 2012 6:17 AM GMT
    FRE0 said
    Medjai said
    gatorball said
    Anocxu saidRule of thumb when it comes to your health!

    Do Not Play 'With' Dizzy !!
    There are not too many times someone becomes dizzy and the outcome following is "Fantastic"..
    ..See your Doctor..!!


    This is great advise.. Also sounds to me like you are close to dehydration... Cold sweats first then stop sweating completely altogether.


    I doubt it's dehydration. You need to be sweating pretty crazy hard for you to hit any dehydration symptoms for anything less than an hour. Assuming you're properly hydrated from the start.

    I'd say blood sugar drops or general diet related issues are more likely. Have a cereal bar about 15 min before your run next time. See if that helps.


    No!! If he is in good physical condition for running, that is totally unnecessary and likely to create more problems. 5K is only three miles. At 100 calories per mile, that takes only 300 calories which is not very much. Marathon runners run 26.2 miles in the morning without having eaten anything since dinner the previous evening.

    The problem may not be dangerous; that is for a qualified athletic doctor to decide.


    I was going to comment on you post that I agreed. I missed that it was only a 5K that this was happening on. Your post is absolutely correct that nothing really seems to fit. Perhaps overhydration resulting in electrolyte imbalance?

    In any case, one should always consult a physician when health is concerned. That is a given.